Need a Tennis Racquet Restring on the Northern Beaches?
If you live and play tennis on the northern beaches of Sydney and need a new set of strings in your tennis racquet, then Racquet Restrings Northern Beaches is the place for you. You can have your racquet restrung locally, within 24 hours and with top quality strings.
Simply drop your tennis racquet off to me in the Dee Why area and it will be ready for pickup within a day. No waiting for 3 days (as can happen when the club stringer is busy coaching), no driving back and forth to Chatswood to the only tennis shop near the beaches.
Most importantly, no more paying $50+ for new strings. All my restrings are only $30 – supply and fit. Choose from my range of high quality strings and I’ll have your racquet done in a day.
How Often Should I Restring My Tennis Racquet?
A good way of gauging when you need new strings is when you find it difficult to hit a ball in, even though you are using exactly the same swing as usual. This happens because as your strings lose tension over time, they become more “trampoline-like”, more powerful.
As your racquet moves towards power, it moves away from control. This is normal and is a result of the tension dropping gradually.
You need the right balance of power and control to play good tennis. Too much control, you can’t hit the ball hard enough to win rallies and will tire more easily. Too much power, you will struggle to hit the ball in due to a lack of control (very frustrating) and will hit long more often.
The number one factor in determining if you need a restring is, as mentioned above, your ability to control your shots. Lack of control is a very good indicator that your strings have lost too much tension for your game and you need a restring.
If you are worried about the cost of restringing and think it’s a waste of money, think about the fact that you might spend $20 a week on court fees, which is $160 every 2 months.
For an extra $30 every 2 months, why not have good strings in your racquet so you can play properly? Put 50 cents a day in a jar and you’re covered (60 days x 50c = $30). That’s a small latte each week to have excellent strings to play tennis with.
Even if you only restring every 3 or 4 months, it is better than once a year or worse, waiting until a string breaks.
“Chronic String-Breaking Problem”
Occasionally a person comes to me with a “string breaking problem”, looking for a string that won’t break. I ask them, “How long has it been since your last restring?” and they answer, “Oh, about 9 months”.
Ok, 9 months. That’s a long time between restrings. So I ask…
“How many times a week do you play?” and they answer, “Once or twice a week.”
Hmmm… that’s 2 hours a week, times 36 weeks. 72 hours of court time. Even at 1 hour a week it comes to 36 hours, which is still in “overdue for a restring” territory.
No string can last 60 – 80 hours and remain playable. The fact that it has broken only forces them to now get the restring they should have gotten 6 months ago due to tension and elasticity loss.
I myself NEVER break strings, because I cut them out within 20 hours of court time and put new ones in. If I left them in for 60 hours, I’d have a “string breaking problem” as well.
Professional Tennis Players
Professional tennis players have multiple racquets in their bag at the side of the court and they change racquets even if they haven’t broken a string. Here’s why.
New balls have more power than the old ones. You would notice this when you buy a new can. They are much more bouncy.
When new balls are brought on in a professional match (every 9 games or so), players have to be able to control that extra ball power. To do this, they grab a racquet with new strings, because it has less power than the one they are using, which has lost tension.
This loss in tension results in the racquet having more power. The player has to get a fresh racquet in order to continue playing the game without having to modify their grip or swing.
For us mortals that only play socially, we can generally play with the same string-bed for longer than 9 games. Eventually though, the excessive power from the racquet does begin to affect our game with more balls going out due to a lack of control. This is when a restring is a good idea.
What Type of String Should I Use?
Polyester is the most durable, spin-generating type of tennis string and therefore the string of choice for most professional players. It’s ability to slide on itself and snap back into position give it the most spin-generating properties of all strings.
Coupled with the ability to construct it with various types of cross-sections, like octagonal, hexagonal or even square, the edges on shaped poly string give it extra bite on the ball and therefore more rotation. If you’ve tried Volkl Cyclone or Solinco Hyper-G you’d know this to be true.
The downside of polyester tennis string is that it loses tension quicker than other types, generally speaking, so needs to be replaced more regularly. For many people, this makes tennis an expensive past-time because once you’ve tasted the spin of an edged poly, you’ll be hooked.
A fresh set of poly installed in your racquet (at a shop) will cost from $45 upwards. Go with a high-end poly like Luxilon Alu Power and you’re looking at $55. This might hold decent tension for 12 – 15 hours of hitting, 20 if you don’t mind loose strings.
Poly strings are also fairly low-powered compared to other types, so you need to be able to generate power from your body. So, a person with a lot of power on tap is best suited to a low-powered poly, which allows you to put all that excess swing power into spin.
Professionals, who have great technique and therefore ample power, use poly for this reason and the fact that poly is the most resistant to breaking.
Your 50-something social doubles ladies, however, wouldn’t typically use poly. They simply don’t hit hard enough and so would use a higher-powered, multifilament string. These strings generate more power due to their higher elasticity, thus requiring less power from you.
Someone who doesn’t hit that hard doesn’t need to use a lot of topspin to keep their shots in. The ball is in the air long enough for gravity to pull it down into the court without any assistance. These players can get away with using synthetic gut or multifilament.
Also, players that have a flat swing rather than a loopy topspin action, quite often prefer multi as they have no need for poly unless it’s a durability issue.
At Tennis Racquet Restrings Northern Beaches, you can get a quality polyester, synthetic gut or multifilament string in your racquet at an affordable price. You’ll be surprised at how good your racquet will be with a fresh set of strings and at $30 supplied and fitted, you can now afford to use poly if you want to.
New strings = new racquet
Please TEXT me on 0410 875 374 that you are interested in a restring. I ask for an initial text in an effort to avoid telemarketers and in case I’m driving and can’t answer. I will add you to my contacts afterwards and will recognize you if you ring in future.
Thanks, and I look forward to breathing life back into your racquet for you,
Tennis Racquet Restrings, Northern Beaches.